Zora Festival 2020

The Zora Festival 2020 was first presented in 1990. ZORA!™ is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event composed of public talks, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, arts education programming, and a 3-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts. The event takes place primarily in Eatonville, Florida (10 miles north of Orlando) and throughout Orange County. Thurston House is just minutes down the road from this renowned event!

The historic Town of Eatonville is the oldest Incorporated Black Township in the United States and dates to 1887. Attending this Zora Festival 2020 will give you a glimpse of just how unique their history is, and how important it was in the growth of this area of Central Florida.

Eatonville Sign

Zora Festival 2020

Imagine back in 1885, Mr. & Mrs. Thurston sitting on their porch amid their 160 acres of groves and woods. In their imaginations, they were probably trying to see what would become of this beautiful land. And now we know. It has been a long journey, with ups and downs for the people of Eatonville & Maitland. But I think they would be proud.

Fridays Nights at the Morse Museum

The Morse Museum of American Art is proud to annouce their “Fridays Nights” program. Now through April, the museum provides free admission every Friday from 4pm to 8pm. Every Friday in December has live music too. Come enjoy the exquisite Tiffany pieces, along with a variety of other art and mediums.

Before or after the museum slip into one of the fabulous restaurants or wine bars along the avenue, a great way to get into the holiday mood! We call it “Doing the Avenue.

Thurston House Key Lime Muffins

Hollieanna Groves Key Limes

I have been making these for years but just recently discovered our local Central Florida Maitland grove store – Hollieanna Groves – carries their own fresh key limes. So, I now use these wonderful little fruits in this very popular and yummy recipe –

Key Lime Muffins

2C flour, 1C sugar, 1T baking powder, 1/3C milk, 2 eggs, 1/4C oil, 1t lime rind grated & 1/4C fresh key lime juice

Combine dry ingredients; make a well. Combine wet ingredients; pour into the dry ingredients well. Stir until just moistened and mixed….don’t over mix! Bake in muffin tins at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes…..ENJOY!

Book your room now and request this special breakfast treat, or stop by Holieanna Groves where they proudly give out recipe cards with this on it.

Maitland’s Cultural Corridor

The City of Maitland in Central Florida is renowned for it’s wonderful neighborhoods, great neighborhood parks and even CULTURE! The Cultural Corridor starts at Lake Lily Park, home to the Waterhouse Residence & Carpentry Shop Museums. Also overlooking Lake Lily Park is the Maitland Civic Center, a location used for antique shows, receptions and all sorts of other events. Traveling along the corridor is the historic Maitland Library building, the Maitland Senior Center, the Maitland Historical Museum and the Antique Telephony Museum. At the far end of the Cultural Coridor is the unique Maitland Art Center. So much to do in Central Florida. Book your getaway now at Thurston House bed & breakfast!

Becoming a Certified Wildlife Habitat – last step

The last step in becoming a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation is to provide housing for birds and other wildlife. It can be birdhouses that you have made or bought, adding host plants for butterfly & moth caterpillars to eat, or simply providing dense safe areas for nesting wildlife. 

Thurston House, a Ceritified Wildlife Habitat

Thurston House bed & breakfast in Maitland sits amid 8 acres of water front land full of dense trees and shrubs. There are many old trees that wildlife can live in. Birds can build their nests in any one of the large shrubs scattered around the land. We are certainly a natural fit for being a wildlife habitat!

Thurston House Times – Maitland – the 8th “thing”

The 8th of 125 things about Thurston House, us and the City of Maitland…all in honor of our 125th anniversary next July of the founding of Maitland and the completion of  Thurston House.

The 2nd family who owned this home were the Hirsch’s – James & Anna. They were originally from Glencoe, Illinois where he served as mayor. They were very well-to-do and neighbors remember them being chauffeured around in a Cadillac limousine, complete with built in bud vases on the doors. Can’t you just picture that?

1919 Cadillac Limousine

1919 Cadillac Limousine

Thurston House Times – Another of 125 “things”!

#5 of “125 things” about Thurston House, us and the City of Maitland – Carole collects tole painted trays. Several in the front parlour were painted by my Grandmother Wyman’s best friend Carrie Fadish from Keene, NH. These would have to be from 1930-1940 time frame. Come to Thurston House and check them out for yourself!

tole painted trays

tole painted trays

Thurston House Times – Maitland

Mom & Dad, Mary & Al

Mom & Dad, Mary & Al

If you still have those special people in your life, your parents, give them a big hug…often! This week marks the 4th anniversary of my Mom’s death and the 29th for my Dad’s. It is amazing how time flies by. At least I have wonderful growing up on Montana Drive memories…an ideal place to have grown up in the 50’s.

Thurston House Times – North Orlando Maitland

Art Center Installation

Art Center Installation

The Maitland Art Center announced its’ most recent exhibit – “The Research Studio in the 21st Century”. Come see cutting edge art works and installations in the spirit of the Research Studio founded by Andre Smith in the 1930’s.  The City of Maitland owned facility is proudly on the National Historic Register. You will find that the center is just a short stroll from Thurston House. This and many other wonderful places are just moments from the inn.